The Twentynine Palms Water District currently serves a population of approximately 18,000 residents within a 87 square mile area. The District largely services single-family residences, with some multi-family residential units, commercial properties, and minor light industry. There is no community sewage system and wastewater is disposed of through individual septic tank and tile field disposal systems.
The District maintains approximately 8,000 meter services within its boundaries. Approximately 93% of the service connections are residential. Commercial connections account for approximately 5%, landscape irrigation and non-potable connections account for less than 1%, and fire protection connections account for the remaining 1.5% of the District's total service connections.
The District maintains 200 miles of pipeline which is used to distribute water throughout the District.
Water provided by the District is derived solely from groundwater pumped from 10 active production wells mostly located along the southern limit of the service area.
Water is pumped through 8 booster stations strategically located throughout the District to lift water up and over hills for distribution purposes.
Water Storage Reservoirs
The District maintains 10 water storage reservoirs with a combined total of 17 million gallons of water storage capacity.
Fluoride Removal Water Treatment Plant
In 1998 the District gained $1.7 million in EPA grant funds to assist with the building of a fluoride removal water treatment plant. The plant came on-line in March 2003, enabling the District to tap into the water source of the Mesquite Springs aquifer. The plant is designed to remove high levels of fluoride from the water in the aquifer, enhancing the water supply for the residents within the District.
Beginning in late 2005, the District again gained $1.8 million in EPA grant funds to assist in the construction of a million-gallon water storage reservoir south of Sullivan Road (in Section 35)and a two-million gallon water storage reservoir south of Samarkand Drive (in Section 24). Other improvements include three booster pump stations associated with the reservoirs and approximately 43,000 linear feet of 12-inch diameter pipeline along existing road and pipeline right of way.
The million gallon reservoir will provide water storage in an area that did not have any. Both reservoirs and the associated pipelines will enhance system reliability and fire flows in those areas. The additional water source to the Lear area will enhance system reliabilities to a very large portion of the District. The combination of these improvements will give the District the ability to accept and deliver water from the recently completed fluoride removal plant to the entire District ensuring adequate water supplies far into the future.